Friday, October 13, 2006
Interesting article in today's Washington Post -- FDA Review Sought Of Data on Implants: Risks Possibly Minimized, Group Says, by David Brown:
A consumer activist organization yesterday asked the Food and Drug Administration
to investigate what it considers a possibly criminal attempt to suppress information
about the risks of the new generation of silicone breast implants.
In a letter to the FDA's administrator, Public Citizen said it learned of test results --
some new, some reinterpreted -- from a scientist at implant maker Mentor Corp. who
says he could not persuade his bosses to forward the data to the regulatory agency.
The scientist had worked for 15 years for Mentor, which is based in Santa Barbara,
Calif. He was let go earlier this year in a company reorganization, although he thinks
his protests to superiors were part of the reason.